Jerusa Smith

18 December 1750–
Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Jerusa

When Jerusa Smith was born on 18 December 1750, in Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, her father, David Smith, was 25 and her mother, Eunice Jones, was 15. She married David Crane on 7 January 1772, in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters.

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Family Time Line

David Crane
1748–1842
Jerusa Smith
1750–
Marriage: 7 January 1772
David Crane
1774–1851
Betsey Crane
–1905
Samuel Pitkin Crane
1780–1882
Charles Crane
1781–1853
Chauncey Crane
1782–1864
Jerusha Crane
1784–
Charlotte Crane
1786–1813
Theodocia Crane
1789–1847
Betsey Crane
1792–1878
Lemuel Crane
1793–1853
John Crane
1796–1799
Dr. John Washington Crane
1800–1870
Warren Smith Crane
1802–1860

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
7 January 1772
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America
children

(13)

+8 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(8)

+3 More Children

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Jerusha in entry for Betsey Reed, "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961"
  • Jerusha in entry for John Crane, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • Jerusha in entry for Betsey Reed, "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887"

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